This volume, edited by a linguist and a historian, has a programmatic agenda: persuading Andean linguists and historians to work together. Along with a companion volume, Archaeology and Language in the Andes, it seeks to revive the interdisciplinary spirit of the golden age of Andean ethnohistory from the 1960s to the 1980s. Since then, linguists and linguistic anthropologists have made major progress in areas such as Quechua dia-lectology and the analysis of colonial Quechua texts. Yet historians of indigenous Ande-ans seldom study either languages or linguistics; many, in fact, believe that Quechua and Aymara are unitary languages rather than complex and evolving language families. The text’s introduction bemoans “how little awareness there seems to be outside [linguists’] field of even some of the most fundamental and long- standing findings of their discipline, and the scale of the repercussions that they should hold for others, if only they were recognized”...
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Book Review| May 01 2013
History and Language in the Andes
History and Language in the Andes. Edited by Heggarty, Paul and Pearce, Adrian J..
Studies of the Americas.
Maps. Tables. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. xxi, 266 pp. Cloth, $90.00.
Jeremy Ravi Mumford
Hispanic American Historical Review (2013) 93 (2): 280–282.
Jeremy Ravi Mumford; History and Language in the Andes. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 May 2013; 93 (2): 280–282. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2077261
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